The Gibbes Museum of Art and the Savannah College of Art and Design have announced a partnership with Google to introduce a number of the museums’ top works online via the Google Art Project.

The museums are the only two in the Southeast to participate.

Begun Tuesday, the project enables visitors to virtually explore museums, view hundreds of artworks at substantial zoom levels, and create and share their own collection of work with the click of a mouse.

“By participating in the Google Art Project, we are able to share treasures from our unique collection with art enthusiasts around the globe,” said Angela D. Mack, executive director and chief curator of the Gibbes.

The partnerships are one component of a worldwide expansion of the project, which embraces a wide range of institutions, including the Tate Modern, MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art and the Uffizi Gallery, among its 151 partners in 40 countries.

In the United States, 29 partners in 16 cities are participating, ranging from regional museums to university galleries.

More than 30,000 high-resolution objects representing a full spectrum of cultures and civilizations are now available for view.

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